n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Psychological resilience among sexually-molested girls in the late middle-childhood : a case study approach

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



Child sexual molestation is undoubtedly a traumatic experience. Children, within the context of a wide variety of factors, try to handle such pathological sexual interactions in different ways and using a variety of resources. Behavioural, emotional, and even psychiatric disorders may manifest in some children, while others might present without any symptoms. Children who are described as psychologically resilient are able to overcome a negative self-concept, identity confusion, depression, behavioural disorders, and personality and sexual disorders which are characteristic long-term effects of child sexual molestation. This study focuses on the extent of adjustment and psychological resilience of seven girls following the trauma of sexual molestation. There is an emphasis on the different protective factors that could play a role in adjustment, and could, therefore, make a contribution to the development of psychological resilience.

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